Author: Kavet R, Dovan T, Reilly JP.
Electric Power Research Institute, 3420 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. email@example.com
Conference/Journal: Radiat Prot Dosimetry.
Date published: 2012 Dec
Other: Volume ID: 152 , Issue ID: 4 , Pages: 279-95 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncs064 , Word Count: 156
Electric and magnetic field exposure limits published by International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers are aimed at protection against adverse electrostimulation, which may occur by direct coupling to excitable tissue and, in the case of electric fields, through indirect means associated with surface charge effects (e.g. hair vibration, skin sensations), spark discharge and contact current. For direct coupling, the basic restriction (BR) specifies the not-to-be-exceeded induced electric field. The key results of anatomically based electric and magnetic field dosimetry studies and the relevant characteristics of excitable tissue were first identified. This permitted us to assess the electric and magnetic field exposure levels that induce dose in tissue equal to the basic restrictions, and the relationships of those exposure levels to the limits now in effect. We identify scenarios in which direct coupling of electric fields to peripheral nerve could be a determining factor for electric field limits.